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Antique Pietra Dura Butterfly 9ct Gold Earrings

Antique pietra dura butterfly earrings, circa 1880

Unmarked but tested as 9ct

Rope detail border with shepherd’s hook ear wires

Possibly converted from buttons

Why we love it

The extraordinary pietra dura craftsmanship is breathtaking.

Pietra dura, Italian for ‘hard stone’, is a term for the inlay technique of using cut and polished coloured stones to create images. This decorative art flourished in Florence, particularly in the late 16th and 17th centuries.

The overall aesthetic of these wee gems is just plain adorable. They’re basically an exquisite stone jigsaw. Sorta.



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1 in stock

Additional information

Jewellery material

9ct yellow gold


20.8mm diameter
25.1mm drop

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